Still so much Saint Agur left, what to do?
That’s easy, make blue-schetta!
Shops were open again today so after some wandering around in soho (standard), I stopped by Le Pain Quotidian and picked up a a fresh loaf of sliced multigrain seeded sourdough.
At home, I brushed a couple slices with olive oil and a bit of chopped garlic and put on a baking tray. I used the top burner in the oven and placed the bread on a high rack so that it would get nice and crisp. I left it in the oven for a few minutes while I diced and then pan-fried some onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, black pepper and a bit of chili flakes for spice) for a few minutes until they were all just softened.
Then I took the bread out, scooped the mixture from the pan on top of it, and placed the bread back in the top rack of the oven. After a few more minutes, I could see the tomato skins were just beginning to brown and dehydrate (because the tray was so close to the top burner), and that’s when I knew to take it out; I wanted the bruschetta mixture to have a slight sun-dried taste.
I then put a few pieces of the pungent blue cheese on top of the bread, remembering not to overdo it because of the strength of the cheese. Inadvertently, this could be seen as a low-fat alternative to other bruschetta which might use tons of cheese.
The biggest challenge with this quick dinner fix? Figuring out how to eat it. I always have this problem with bruschettas, tartines and open sandwiches. Do you cut it with a knife? Difficult when the bread crust is crispy or the toppings are high. Do you pick it up? Messy.
I think I alternated, but after a few bites I admittedly was only thinking of how good it was and forgot the frustrations of eating it.
What do you do?